The Road To EuroBasket Women 2007

21 September 2006

EuroBasket Women 2007 qualifying is nearly complete and there are a number of teams who still have a chance to advance to the Final Round in Chieti, Italy.

A total of nine spots are on offer with the top teams from the each group directly qualifying to EuroBasket 2007, along with the four best second placed teams, determined according to:

1. Win loss/percentage
2. Goal average as stated in section D of the Official Basketball Rules(points for divided by points against)

The following is a breakdown of the possible scenarios in each group. 

Group A :    

The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday:

Belarus (3-2) vs. Greece (4-1)
Hungary (3-2) vs. Bulgaria (0-5)

1. Greece can wrap up first place if they beat Belarus.
2. A three-way tie for first place will result if Belarus and Hungary win. In this case, the rule of Annex D of the Official Basketball Rules will be used to determine first and second place (goal average between the three tied teams).
3. Hungary takes second place if Belarus lose and Hungary win.
4. Belarus will be placed second if Belarus lose and Hungary lose (goal difference between the two teams).

Group B :    

Turkey has already wrapped up first place, but three teams are currently at 2-3.

The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday:

Ukraine (2-3) vs. Israel (2-3)
Slovenia (2-3) vs. Turkey (4-1)

1. Ukraine would take second if they win, regardless of what Slovenia does. If Slovenia did win, both Ukraine and Slovenia would be 3-3. Ukraine would take second as a result of beating Slovenia twice.
2. Israel would be second if they win and Turkey win.
3. With a Slovenia win and a Ukraine loss, both Slovenia and Israel would be 3-3. Slovenia would take second place as a result of goal difference between the two teams.

Group C :       

The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday:

Sweden (0-5) vs. Poland (3-2)
Germany (4-1) vs. Croatia (3-2)

1. Germany can clinch first place with a win.
2. Croatia will be the winner of the group if they beat Germany by 12 points and if Poland lose.
3. Germany, Poland and Croatia could all have identical 4-2 records if Croatia and Poland win. Goal average would be used to determine the teams' ranking.
4. Poland would be second if they beat Sweden and Germany beat Croatia.
5. Croatia would take second place if they lose to Germany and Poland go down to Sweden. In this scenario, both Croatia and Poland would have idential records. Croatia would take second place as a result of goal difference between the two teams.

Group D

Group D is the most clear - Serbia (3-1) have already clinched first place and Romania (2-1) secured second.

Romania can improve their chances of being one of the best-placed second place teams if they can defeat Finland (0-3) on Saturday.

Group E

Latvia (3-1) have already clinched first place and a spot in EuroBasket 2007.

Slovakia and Belgium each have 1-2 records and will play on Saturday for second place.


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